Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cemetery antiques

Jeff texted me a photograph this afternoon. In quick succession he wrote, “$2200,” then “Need a grave?” I was horrified. He’d sent a photo of a beautiful lime green coffin-shaped niche, tall as a person, surrounded by a little white … Continue reading

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City of Souls

City of Souls: San Francisco’s Necropolis at Colma by Michael Svanevik My rating: 4 of 5 stars California’s Colma is unique in the U.S. as a city founded to safeguard the rights of the dead. This little book traces Colma’s … Continue reading

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Good news from Arlington

This is a great story about how one person can record a cemetery and touch hundreds of lives:,0,5940894,full.story

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A Second Final Rest

In August 2005, I finally had the pleasure of seeing Trina Lopez’s documentary A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries. It was worth the wait. I heard Lopez speak on Halloween (2002?) at the California Historical … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #13: Mission Dolores Cemetery

Cemetery of Misión San Francisco de Asis 3321 Sixteenth Street San Francisco, CA 94114 Telephone: (415) 621-8203 Established: 1776 Size: less than 1 acre Oldest marked grave: Don Luis Antonio Arguello, d. 1830 Approximate number of interments: 10,000, including 5,187 … Continue reading

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